It might be the happiest time of the year for some people, but what if you’re fighting a case of the holiday blues? These five hacks will help you fight back.
What Are Holiday Blues, Anyway?
You won’t find the holiday blues in an official mental health diagnostic document. But, the holiday blues are real. According to A Very Well Mind, “The most common symptom of the holiday blues is a persistent or recurring feeling of sadness that begins during the holiday season.” You can check out their excellent article on the differences between the holiday blues, seasonal affective disorder, and depression here.
This Christmas, especially, you might find yourself feeling down. The global pandemic has changed holiday plans worldwide. For the first time in years you may miss out on spending time with family. Changes in routines can put a damper on anyone’s season, and when the season is filled with constant bad news, it’s easy to start feeling blue.
This season, many people also mourn the sudden loss of loved ones from COVID-19. If you find yourself feeling down in the dumps, know that you aren’t alone. Know that you don’t have to stay there. If you find yourself unable to get out of the dumps, don’t hesitate to reach out to professionals. Self-care means knowing when to call in reinforcements.
When you feel a case of the holiday blues creeping up on you, take time to listen to this week’s podcast and apply the five hacks (plus a bonus) to raise your spirits.Check out these five hacks for Fighting the Holiday Blues. #holidayblues #depression #selfcarehacks Click To Tweet
Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David D. Burnes, M.D.
Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression by Dr. Michelle Bengtson
Need ideas on helping others? Check out this blog post.
Come Back Next Week
I’ll see you here next week when I talk about why you should kiss your New Year’s resolutions goodbye.